Another RARE 1911 - an Original .38 AMU sold to Gill Hebard, sent to J.E. Clark, and back to Hebard Hello all, AMU stands for Army Marksmanship Unit. I think you might enjoy reading about this 56 year old Colt 1911. I've just acquired another rare 1911 variation, a .38 AMU in excellent condition. According to Colt Factory records, (letter coming next week) this gun (frame and all parts) was shipped as a .38 AMU "Kit" to Gil Hebard, Knoxville, IL on Sept. 7, 1962. A special notation in the letter states; "Note: Kit with unfit slide and unfit barrel ... sold with a .38 Special magazine". Beverly, the Colt Historian, said this was a common practice with shipments to Gil Hebard as he, (or his customers) would precision fit the barrel to the slide, and then precision fit the slide to the frame. All this was was done to achieve utmost accuracy. Apparently this gun (or kit) was then sold to J.E. Clark, Shreveport, LA. His stamp and work order number "1062" (date - Oct. 62) can be seen of the bottom of the slide. (I will update as more info is found) Clark is know for building very accurate Competition pistols. I'm not sure if it then went to R.G. Curtis to add the under-barrel weight, or if he was the final customer, or if Curtis did some further work. Curtis was an AMU armorer who apprenticed under Richard Shockey. Shockey was another custom gunsmith in the 50s - 80's that accurized 1911s. The under-barrel weight on this 1911 is recognized as a typical Shockey design. Curtis later acquired Shockey's business and continued custom 1911 work. pictures below show .... The number "310" is stamped on the bottom of the slide matching the last 3 digits of the serial number of the frame. The "J.E.Clark" stamp and "date" are stamped on the bottom of the slide The Barrel is marked with the caliber "COLT .38 AMU" and the Slide is marked "COLT .38 AMU Automatic". The weight is marked "R.G. Curtis". The sights are Bomar rear sight, and an Extended front sight. The front of the trigger-guard was machined to attach the weight. The magazine is marked .38 spec. Well, I finally took the pistol to the range for a spin. Although I'm a pretty good pistol shot, I must admit this group was fired using a mechanical rest. Fired at 50 feet. I also received the Colt Factory Letter for this AMU. I also received a response from my inquiry to Clark Custom Guns. This confirms that the pistol accurized and sold back to Gil Hebard, who in turn sold it as their model 61 as shown in their catalog from 1962. Sometime thereafter, the purchaser must have sent it Curtis (Shockey) for the instillation of the under-barrel weight.